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Duck Plucking?

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  1. bbpheasant

    bbpheasant Senior Refuge Member

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    In many magazines, I've seen these cylinders with rubber fingers that attach to a drill for plucking ducks. I've also heard of other methods like dumping them in hot water. My experience with plucking ducks usually ends up in massive frustration. Does the drill duck plucker really work? Any other ideas? I have yet to smoke a whole duck, skin attached!

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  2. Peregrine

    Peregrine Elite Refuge Member

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    I built my own for less than $10, it works great as long as the ducks are more or less dry.

    It pucked 'em clean in less than 5 minutes.

    Here's a material list (from memory [​IMG] ) I bought mine at D&B (don't know if they have a store in MH), any hardware or farm supply store should have the materials.

    4 feet 3/8" "rubber rope"
    1 2inch PVC end cap
    1 3 inch carriage bolt
    2 washers
    1 lock washer
    1 3/8" nut
    12 " mechanics wire

    Drill holes through the PVC cap - cut through both sides at once so the holes are perfectly opposite each other. You can see in the picture the hole pattern I used.

    Pull the rubber rope through and cut it, leaving 1.5-2" on each side. Wrap the center with the wire to keep it all in place.

    Put the bolt in your drill, clamp the drill down over a trash can OUTSIDE ( i did it in the garage last September- I'm still finding feathers [​IMG] Also important is to put some screen or something over the intakes on the drill motor. Mine sucked in so much down that it jammed the motor up!.

    <img src='http://www.webpak.net/~falcon/plucker.jpg'>

    I've got an old food processor motor I'm going to try to hook mine up to this season.

    Or, spend $65 and buy one. I think they're a good tool.

    Peregrine


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  3. dkhntin

    dkhntin Senior Refuge Member

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    I have tried it all! If you do as Peregrine said and build your own, thats affordable.

    Any plucker is fairly messy. What I do is if I want a duck plucked for some reason, I pluck it on the river while it is fresh. The feathers come of easy and disapear into nature or at least down stream [​IMG]

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  4. Blue Duck

    Blue Duck Elite Refuge Member

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    Anymore I usually breast most of them. But if I pluck them I just rough pluck them (get the main big feathers off), then I dip them in hot wax, then in cold water to set the wax and peel them like an orange. They look store bought.
     
  5. bbpheasant

    bbpheasant Senior Refuge Member

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    Thanx for all the info! That drill attachment looks like a great idea. We do have a D&B in town and I'll check it out. Cleaning them in the field is also a smart idea so I'll be looking for a 12V motor to attach to it.

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